Well, with Christmas getting closer and closer by the day I decided to jump on this tour and get a post written by Susan Buchanan, the author of The Christmas Spirit. She has wrote about Christmas being for the kids. I do hope you enjoy it.
I’d better add on that there is also a giveaway so make sure you keep reading!!
Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.
Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.
Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?
Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.
Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?
The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?
Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband and their two children. She is the author of four novels: Return of the Christmas Spirit, The Christmas Spirit, The Dating Game, and Sign of the Times. She is currently working on books five and six: The Proposal and Just One Day.
Susan is also a proofreader, editor and translator, and when not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, loves reading, the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!
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Susan Buchanan’s Guest Post on Christmas being for the kids.
Thanks for having me on the blog, Kim!
**You’re more than welcome Susan! It was a pleasure, and thank you for taking the time to write this post for my blog**
Christmas is all about the kids
For me Christmas has always been about the children. First it was me and my siblings (I am one of four), then it was my three nephews and now it’s my own children, who are three and five. Although I still enjoy receiving gifts, the bigger thrill for me is seeing their wee faces when they open their presents, and not only that, but the build-up, the excitement I note in their voices. I love when they come downstairs and want to see if Rudolph ate all the carrot or just a tiny bit, if Santa drank his milk and ate his cookie, or if he didn’t like it.
In pre-children days, I mostly spent Christmas with my own family, not with my then boyfriend (now husband), as my family are big on tradition and there are lots of us. A few years ago, I actually got snowed in at my parents’ and I didn’t see my other half until the 28th December as he couldn’t get through the snow.
What I’ve carried through from my childhood experiences is watching movies on Christmas Eve. Even into my late thirties, although I hadn’t lived at home for more than a decade, I still spent Christmas Eve at my parents’, a ritual, watching Elf, The Santa Clause, Miracle on 34th Street, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Jack Frost, The Polar Express to name a few, in the company of my family, well, usually my dad and brother.
I’m a big kid at heart and I love buying presents for people. Now I am in my element. I see all these toys that I would have loved to have as a child – unfortunately they weren’t invented back then! And I know my kids will love them. Some I did have, like Mousetrap, Kerplunk, Monopoly, but hey Hatchimals are cute too. And I can’t wait to try Soggy Doggy!
When my sister had her kids, I used to set my alarm really early on Christmas morning, get dressed and wait for her phone call telling us her kids were up, then we’d jump in the car and head off to see the kids opening their presents. Now, Christmas Day is with my husband and our cherubs. It has been fun to see my daughter change from the three-year-old who would open one present and play with it for an hour before even realising there were other presents. When she was two, it took us until December 28th to open all her gifts as she just wanted to play with the one or two she had opened. Last year she ripped everything open desperate to see what was inside. It was a bit frenzied but once everything was open, and she was told she couldn’t open her brother’s presents (he, at two, was more restrained than her at four), she calmed down and played with her new toys.
Trying to dress children on Christmas morning is not for the faint-hearted. You tread a fine line between the shrieking, bawling mess that ensues if you drag them away from their toys and having children in PJs for the whole day.
And children don’t care about Christmas dinner – fact! I don’t care how well they eat throughout the year – my son is a great eater – no interest. Far too much excitement playing with toys and their grandparents. They have, however, told me today they want jelly and ice-cream for Christmas dinner this year.
Christmas has always been about family, now it’s also about the little family I created, and that extended one of parents, siblings and nephews? Well, they just have to wait until Boxing Day!